Image of the Month

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FILMSJANUARY 2019

(Melville 1950) Les Enfants Ter­ri­bles
(Arkush 1979) Rock’n’Roll High School
(Cross­land 2011) Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies: Ep.41 ― Kom­mando
(Dante 1984) Grem­lins
(Trelfer 2016) Dark Cor­ners Review: (54) Grem­lins: The Great­est Christ­mas Hor­ror Film
. . . Ret­ro­spec­tive
(Dante 2011) Joe Dante Intro­duces Grem­lins for the Ciné Nasty Series
(Sawall 2010) Etr­uscans: Glory Before Rome
(Hough 1978) Return from Witch Moun­tain
(Grin­ter & Hawkes 1972) Blood Freak
(Trelfer 2018) Dark Cor­ners Review: (332) Blood Freak
(Copp 2010) Inside the Milky Way
(Man­cori & Mann 1964) Son of Her­cules in the Land of Dark­ness [Riff­Trax ver­sion]
(Wise 1951) The Day the Earth Stood Still
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First-time listening for January 2019

30001. (Johannes Ock­eghem) Requiem [Missa pro defunc­tis]
30002. (Paul Oak­en­fold) A Lively Mind
30003. (Richard Strauss) Salome, Op.54 [com­plete opera; d. Sinop­oli; Studer, Ter­fel,
. . . . . Hiester­mann]
30004. (Jon Hop­kins) Sin­gu­lar­ity
30005. (Aztec Cam­era) Walk Out to Win­ter: The Best of Aztec Cam­era
30006. (Arthur Sul­li­van [w. W. S. Gilbert]) H. M. S. Pinafore [com­plete opera; D’Oyly Carte]
30007. (Seun Kuti & The Egyp­tians) A Long Way To the Begin­ning
30008. (Albin Lee Mel­dau) About You
30009. (Takashi Yoshi­matsu) Piano Con­certo Memo Flora for Piano and Orches­tra
30010. (Hank Bal­lard & The Mid­nighters) Their Great­est Juke­box Hits
30011. (Earth, Wind & Fire) Earth, Wind & Fire
30012. (Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach) Can­tata #91 “Gelo­bet seist du, Jesu Christ”, bwv.91
30013. (Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach) Can­tata #92 “Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn”, bwv.92
30014. (Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach) Can­tata #93 “Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt wal­ten”, bwv.93
30015. (Alva Noto) Live in Copen­hagen
30016. (Jimi Hen­drix) Elec­tric Lady­land
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READINGJANUARY 2019

27611. (Bruno Ernst) The Magic Mir­ror of M. C. Escher
27612. (Ľubomír Novák) Yagh­nobi: An Exam­ple of a Lan­guage in Con­tact [arti­cle]
27613. (Bas­ti­aan Star et al) Ancient DNA Reveals the Arc­tic Ori­gin of Vikin Age Cod from
. . . . . Haithabu, Ger­many [arti­cle]
27614. (Bob Wood­ward) Fear ― Trump in the White House
27615. (Olivier Pute­lat et al) Une chasse aris­to­cra­tique dans le ried centre-Alsace au pre­mie
. . . . . moyen âge [arti­cle]
27616. (Phil R. Bell & Philip J. Cur­rie) A Tyran­nosaur Jaw Bit­ten by a Con­fa­mil­ial: Scav­eng­ing
. . . . . or Fatal Ago­nism? [arti­cle]
27617. (Ian Hod­der) Where Are We Going? The Evo­lu­tion of Humans and Things
27618. (Rebecca Miles –ed.) Eye­wit­ness Travel: Canada
27619. (Steven A. Rosen) Cult and the Rise of Desert Pas­toral­ism: A Case Study from the
. . . . . Negev [arti­cle]
27620. (Justin Son­nen­burg & Erica Son­nin­burg) The Good Gut
27621. (Kevin Sachs) Does Chris­ten­dom Explain Europe? [arti­cle]
27622. (John D. Rock­e­feller) Ran­dom Rem­i­nis­cences of Men and Events
27622. (Or Rosen­boim) Bar­bara Woot­ton, Friedrich Hayek and the Debate on Demo­c­ra­tic
. . . . . Fed­er­al­ism in the 1940s [arti­cle]
27623. (Jack Elliott) Hiver­nant Métis Fam­i­lies, Brigades and Set­tle­ments in the Cypress Hills
. . . . . [arti­cle]
27624. (S. B. Kli­menko & M. V. Stanyukovich) Yat­tuka and Tuwali Ifu­gao Hud­hud: Yat­tuka,
. . . . . Keley-1, and Tuwali Ifu­gao Inter­fer­ence [article]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 — Toronto with Frosting

19-01-30 BLOG pic1Attache ta tuque! Toronto doesn’t usu­ally get much snow, com­pared to most of the rest of the coun­try. Mon­treal­ers laugh at our lame, half-hearted win­ters. It’s posi­tion on the west end of Lake Ontario, with a ridge of high­lands to its west, means that the pre­vail­ing west­er­lies usu­ally drop most of their snow before they reach the city. The clos­est Amer­i­can city, Buf­falo, posi­tioned at the east end of Lake Erie, gets much more snow. But every now and then a snow­storm will be big enough to dump a hefty load on Toronto. The evening it hit was a bit grim for Toron­to­ni­ans, many of whom immi­grated from warmer lands.

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But look at the magic of the fol­low­ing sunny day:

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Image of the Month

19-01-01 IMAGETri­umph of the Virtues by Andrea Man­tegna [also known as Pal­las Expelling the Vices from the Gar­den of Virtue and as Min­erva Expelling the Vices from the Gar­den of Virtue]
Tem­pera on can­vas, 160 x 192 cm painted around 1500. Musée du Lou­vre, Paris

I had no title or artist for this paint­ing at first. It attracted me because I couldn’t fig­ure out, for the life of me, what the hell it was about. It took me hours to find the painter and title. I first found the Pal­las ver­sion of the title. I could find no ref­er­ence any­where in Greek mythol­ogy to this par­tic­u­lar inci­dent, but it is clearly Pal­las Athena, bear­ing all her sym­bolic para­pher­na­lia, who is the main char­ac­ter. There are a plen­i­tude of tales around Athena. How­ever, the Min­erva ver­sion of the title pro­vides a hint: Min­erva was the Roman god­dess con­ven­tion­ally equated with Athena, and the story is prob­a­bly a Roman one dat­ing from much later. Man­tegna would far more likely have culled the story from some Latin source. On the other hand, he may have sim­ply made it up. The Renais­sance played fast and loose with Clas­si­cal sources, and doubt­less this was painted to suit polit­i­cal rhetoric about “drain­ing the swamp”. The paint­ing lit­er­ally rep­re­sents a swamp enclosed in a ruined wall, with Athena dri­ving out a horde of mon­sters that rep­re­sent the “vices” in the con­ven­tional medieval fash­ion. The paint­ing was com­mis­sioned to cel­e­brate the coro­na­tion of Isabella d’Este as Mar­quise of Man­tua. She was widely seen as the ideal ruler in her time, and has been revered by fem­i­nists ever since.

FILMSDECEMBER 2018

(Ward 1988) The Nav­i­ga­tor: A Medieval Odyssey
(Clough 1987) Doc­tor Who: Ep.665 ― Drag­on­fire, Part 1
(Bole 1991) Star Trek, the Next Gen­er­a­tion: Ep.89 ― First Con­tact
(Steven­son 1974) The Island at the Top of the World
(Clough 1987) Doc­tor Who: Ep.666 ― Drag­on­fire, Part 2
(Clough 1987) Doc­tor Who: Ep.667 ― Drag­on­fire, Part 3
(Bill 1980) My Body­guard
(Moore 1990) Demon Wind
(Trelfer 2018) Dark Cor­ners Review: (329) Demon Wind
(Pal 1960) The Time Machine
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First-time listening for December 2018

29961. (Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart) Bastien et Basti­enne, Operetta in One Act, K.50
. . . . . [d. Clemen­cic; Choy, Kirch­ner]
29962. (Audra McDon­ald) Sing Happy
29963. (Wham!) The Best of Wham
29964. (Jacques Offen­bach) Ba-Ta-Clan [com­plete operetta; d. Couraud; Boulan­geot, Corazza,
. . . . . Armade]
29965. (Car Seat Head­rest) Teens of Denial
29966. (Adolphe Charles Adam) “Can­tique de Noël” [s. Elīna Garanča]
29967. (Adolphe Charles Adam) “Oh Holy Night” [arr. for boy soprano & orches­tra]
29968. (Armen­ian Patri­ar­chate Choir) Nativ­ity of Christ
29969. (Healey Willan) The Three Kings
29970. (Sofia Gubaidulina) Hal­lelu­jah for Cho­rus, Boy Soprano, Organ & Orches­tra
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READINGDECEMBER 2018

27580. (Mario Liv­erani) The Ancient Near East ― His­tory, Soci­ety and Econ­omy
27581. (Johnny Hart) B.C. ― Great Zot, I’m Beau­ti­ful
27582. (Ni Sheng; U Wa Tang & Adam Gry­de­høj) Urban Mor­phol­ogy and Urban
. . . . . Frag­men­ta­tion in Macau, China: Island City Devel­op­ment in the Pearl River Delta
. . . . . Megac­ity Region [arti­cle]
27583. (Fred C. Woud­huizen) The Luwian Hiero­glyphic Con­tri­bu­tion to the Alpha­bet [arti­cle]
27584. (Robert van Gulik) The Emperor’s Pearl
(Kath­leen Warnock) Best Les­bian Erot­ica:
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Image of the month: The Palace of Purification

18-12-01 IMAGE Harris PlantThis is not the mag­nif­i­cent main build­ing of the R. C. Har­ris Water Treat­ment Plant in Toronto. It’s merely a pump­house and main­te­nance build­ing below the more famous main struc­ture which is “opu­lent with mar­ble entry­ways and vast halls filled with pools of water and fil­tra­tion equip­ment”. Yet even this struc­ture is grand, wor­thy of the self-taught genius who believed that civil engi­neer­ing was a spir­i­tual calling.